Art About Playgrounds


#TBT Jimi Hendrix Playground, c. 1968

Even though it’s properly a sculpture, the Alice in Wonderland statue in NYC’s Central Park is essentially used as a play feature:  every time I visit there are 20 or so kids climbing up the rabbit and hiding under the mushrooms.  It was thus in the 1970s too, when Linda Eastman (soon to be McCartney) took some rather sweet photos of Jimi Hendrix and band and kids draped over the statue.   The playful images were his choice for the cover of Electric Ladyland, though the record label overruled him and picked something quite…different.  And now our count of playgrounds-on-vintage-rock-album-covers stands at 2.  [see the other one here]


Banksy paints a Gaza Playscape, 201...

I did my garden history graduate studies in Bristol, hometown of Banksy, whose latest provocation in Gaza has just magically appeared: - Read the rest...

Nancy Rubins' Exploding Playground ...

Sculptor Nancy Rubins arranges discarded playground equipment into exploding forms. She’s currently working in post-war metal pieces, like spring riders…I’d - Read the rest...

The Playground Art of Maggie Hargre...

Also in Sheffield, I was introduced to the work of Maggie Hargreaves, who had just won the 2014 Ruskin Prize - Read the rest...

The Playground Paintings of Jerome ...

[Jumping right in to Throwback Thursday since I am in the middle of relocating my laboratory to a new place - Read the rest...

Return Journey, Randy Walker, Minne...

According to Forecast Public Art, Return Journey “started out as a community-initiated project to help a neighborhood keep a cherished icon - Read the rest...

Playgrounds: Reinventing the square...

I think we can definitely call a trend on museums hosting exhibitions about playgrounds: Denmark, Holon, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and of - Read the rest...

Urban Playground Team in residence ...

Love this overlap between performance and play: The Urban Playground Team from the UK will invite young people to play - Read the rest...

Playground at Mondragone, Jeffrey S...

“A child is so small in comparison to the world at large” is the subtitle of this painting by Australia-born but - Read the rest...

Liberation, Ben Shahn, Paris, 1945

‘Liberation’ by Ben Shahn: Play as a metaphor for the exhilaration of the end of war. THE MUSEUM OF MODERN - Read the rest...

Watching, Hossein Zare, 2012

And follow that with the surrealist Watching, by Hossein Zare. [available for purchase at 500px.com]  

New Year, New Yorker: The Playgrou...

New Yorker covers featuring playgrounds from 1931 to 2010 neatly convey some of the changes in play spaces over time…I - Read the rest...

Swinging for Health in the 18th Cen...

Thinking about A.A. Alexander’s ‘Healthful Exercises for Girls‘ that recommended the traveling rings in 1902 reminds me of the health-history - Read the rest...

In the Grass, Peter Land, 2009

More playground art by Peter Land…this is In the Grass.  

Playground Art by Maggie Mills

Artist Maggie Mills‘ works portray a comfortable subconscious–a surrealism without threat–of thoughtful children in sparsely populated dreamscapes that derive from the - Read the rest...

Sol Lewitt - Playground maker?

And having seen the playground climber in Previ, I’ll leave you to your own conclusions about the inspiration of conceptual - Read the rest...

The Playscapes of Holger Kalberg

I want to thank all of you who have applied for a Playscapes correspondent post! I’m humbled by your eminent - Read the rest...

Slide, Color Berlin 2, Matthias Hei...

Wow, I’m overwhelmed by your responses to the call for Playscapes correspondents! Keep them coming…this is going to be awesome. - Read the rest...

Meryl Pataky, Playground Love (in n...

Also in San Francisco, artist Meryl Pataky uses swings as a recurring theme in her work…gorgeous. Images from LaBasse Projects, - Read the rest...

Recess by Patrick Allen, 2009

Disconnected playground forms become a semiotic study in this aerial photograph by Patrick Allen, found at heyhotshot.

Art and Playgrounds by Simon and To...

In London recently I got the chance to meet Simon and Tom Bloor, contemporary artists/brothers whose body of work derives - Read the rest...

Untitled (but it's a playground), S...

Artist STEFAN Wykydal’s medium-to small-scale gouaches interpret the surroundings of his everyday life: community buildings, bus stops, schools and playgrounds. - Read the rest...